Monday, July 26, 2010

Helloooooo, Kitty!

I was feeling pretty overwhelmed by the whole prospect of making a cake for a little girl with something in mind... ya know? with boys, it's kinda like you make what you make and they're happy, but if you don't get it right for a little girl, it's different. Or maybe it's just personality, because this little girl didn't give me any quivery lips over this and it is faaaar from perfect.
I wish i'd taken pix of the pieces of the cake because that was pretty interesting, but this is the crumb coat. The heart was the left-over cake after the ears and the outside of the face.
Then i rolled the fondant out and set it on top. Isn't that magic? If i'd used fabric, i would have had to take seams to make it 3D. I'm still not sure how it works. The folds just disappear.
Here's the finished product. that shiny spot on her forehead is because after i moved the nose and the eyes, i had to wash off a little dye and i took the picture while it was still wet.

Here she is before i moved her eyes. See why i had to do that?

oh... here's what i learned:
1. Use a white crumb coat when you leave the fondant uncolored.
2. Use separate gloves for each color and do the light colors first.
3. Figure out another way to make whiskers.
4. A little dye goes a loooong way.
5. This was kinda fun, especially to see how happy it made my Karlee.

Thanks, Claire. I couldn't/wouldn't have done this without your encouragement :).

Friday, July 16, 2010

so the bumper stickers on the car in front of me say



and i'm thinking to myself:
Which living thing has
a softer voice
with which to defend it's own
an animal





another bumper sticker: